The fire season has arrived and earthquakes are always a possibility here; families with a disaster plan in place will be better equipped to stay safe and recover from an emergency. Too often, however, even the best planners forget to include provisions for their pets.
Put together a Pet Emergency Go-Kit.
• Include first aid supplies and a first aid guide book for pets.
• Keep three-day supplies of both your pet’s favorite food - in a waterproof container - and bottled water.
• Store an extra safety harness or leash.
• Include waste cleanup supplies.
• If your pet is on any medications, keep a few days’ worth in your kit. Also include an up-to-date copy of medical records, as well as contact information for your veterinarian.
• You should have a brief, written explanation of your pet’s feeding routine, personality and any behavioral issues. In a disaster, your pet may receive care from someone who doesn’t know him as well as you do.
• Don’t forget comfort - include a few toys to keep your pet comfortable.
Keep your Pet Go-Kit somewhere readily accessible in an emergency. Be sure your pet always wears his/her identification. A microchip or collar ID tag with up-to-date information may help reunite you with your pet if you become separated in the confusion of a disaster scene.
If an impending disaster requires you to evacuate, take your pet with you.
Be aware of your pet’s favorite hiding places so you’ll know where to look when you’re in a hurry to leave. Look for pet-friendly hotels or motels in advance, or ask relatives and friends if they could accommodate you and your pets.
Carry a picture of your pet in case you become separated.